Photosynthesis photography: Making images with living plant leaves

From Applied Science.

How to make photographs using plant leaves: the technique, examples, f/0.5 camera lens construction, and tips & tricks that I learned along the way.

Inspiration for this project came from a 1970’s video made by The Royal Institution:

Starch formation refs:

Video describing inkjet printed photomasks:

A different technique to make leaf prints:

Video from Alpha Phoenix on making photos with cyanotype:

Ray optics simulator:

Giant tweezers:
Anhydrous ethanol:
Hanging basket geranium plant:

Methanol toxicity: Skin absorption in a quantity high enough to be a problem is rare, according to this.

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